N. Korea fires two short-range projectile: Seoul

TOKYO, North Korea fired two short-range projectiles from a western region toward the East Sea (Sea of Japan) on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, according to Yonhap News Agency.

The projectiles were fired at 6:53 a.m. (2153 GMT Monday) and 7:12 a.m. (2212 GMT Monday) from South Pyongan Province, about 80 km north of Pyongyang in an easterly direction, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

Both flew around 330 km across the peninsula, the JCS said, declining to confirm if the two projectiles splashed into the sea.

The JCS added that South Korean and US intelligence authorities are analyzing their exact type. “Our military is monitoring the situation in the case of additional launches and maintaining a readiness posture,” the JCS said, calling on the North “to instantly stop such acts that heighten tensions.” The firings came just hours after the North’s First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui expressed a willingness to resume denuclearization talks with the US in late September and demanded that Washington come up with a new proposal acceptable to Pyongyang.

The launches could be designed to strengthen Pyongyang’s negotiating hand ahead of the resumption of the nuclear talks that have been stalled since February’s no-deal breakdown of a summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the report said.

Tuesday’s firings were the 10th such launches so far this year, with the latest on Aug. 24, which the North said it tested a “new super-large” multiple rocket launch system.

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